1021 Bay Street, Port Rowan is the new home of the headquarters for Erie’s Edge Real Estate Ltd.
In June, Amie & Ray Ferris purchased the property and have since been busy renovating the building and have added a bright and welcoming reception area, private offices, closing room and boardroom.
For the past 20 years, this building has been owned by Sandy Hennesey and her mother Alice Cole. Most locals will remember the space best as the Sunrise Cafe!
The Sunrise Cafe was a charming local gathering spot offering home cooked style breakfasts and a small town atmosphere. It changed hands a few times from Peter & Millie Cockram, to Adrienne Lounsbury to Alice & Sandy. The building even hosted an insurance office and a bakery before it transitioned in to the popular cafe.
If you had the opportunity to visit the Sunrise in its prime, then you’re probably familiar with the customer table that was well known as the ‘community table’. Many locals would sit here to enjoy a coffee, visit with friends, share stories and create wonderful memories. This very table is still in the building today and will actually be returned to the Lounsbury family, the original owners. This ‘community table’ will be remembered as a small piece of Port Rowan history.
Reminiscing of the good old days, Sandy Hennessey told a story of when a few locals used to carry their own keys to the cafe.
In true small town fashion, they would let them selves in to the cafe to brew a hot coffee in the early hours of the morning before the cook would even have the grills fired up for breakfast.
She also remembers the great times that she had at the cafe and all of the amazing customers that she served. From insurance office & bakery, to the Sunrise Cafe, to clothing store and now to Erie’s Edge Real Estate office, the building has seen many face lifts over the years and it certainly carries many cherished memories.
Erie’s Edge Real Estate Ltd. also operates offices in Tillsonburg at 13 Ridout Street and Long Point at 39 Roger’s Avenue.